Google+ LISTENING TO THE SQUEAK INSIDE art by Kirstin McCulloch of LilliBean Designs: ☆ A Work In Progress

Friday, March 1, 2013

☆ A Work In Progress

I thought I may have finished this painting today.

As you know I am a stay at home mama, so I schedule creative time during the girls rest time.

Bean reads or watches a movie, Bug is still little enough that she sleeps, and Beastie... well Beastie does her own thing at the moment....

Well, she is only seven weeks old, so too little to have a structured routine + any hard and fast rules.

So today, all three were in their rooms for rest + I was rubbing my hands together in eagerness to return to this painting + congratulating myself, on such awesome parenting skills, and just as I opened the first pot of paint, Beastie was up.

And up for the entire two hours. But, instead of becoming cranky (which was my M.O. previously when my scheduled plans had been interrupted) I remembered my word of the year (release) and went with it.

And while I didn't finish my painting, I had a really lovely two hours or being with Beastie, just feeding + playing + talking with her. Which is priceless really.

So I would love to know, are do you become cranky when plans are interrupted, or are you a go with the flow kinda person? 

By the way - have you seen my Easter Tag Swap? I would love it if you joined us to swap a tag with some one this Easter.


Have a great weekend.

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  1. I've been up since 3am with Aurora *2* and this darn norovirus vomiting that I had beat with the girls last month until my husband brought it back into the house, sanitizing everything again. My joy was knowing that last night I organized my art supplies fresh and inviting. Action leaves no time for negative feelings. This painting will be lovely when you have the clear time to focus to it.

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    1. Oh no - my thoughts are with you! (damn husbands!!) I think you are right - action doesn't allow for negative feelings, sulking on the couch will though!

      Hope you are all better soon

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  2. Loving your work in progress. I get frustrated when plans go awry and then just go with the flow.
    Happy PPF, Annette http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks Netty,

      That is wonderful that you can just go with the flow, after a moment of frustration!

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  3. Looks great already! I can get very cranky when my plans get interrupted, but usually I get over it pretty quickly. I don't like when my painting time gets interrupted though ....

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    1. I have to agree, mostly I am ok with plans being interrupted (house cleaning absolutely interrupt me!). Painting time is so sacred for me + a time when I recenter myself, that I find it difficult when it is interrupted x

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  4. Really well done and so adorable ~ love your style! Happy PPF ^_^

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  5. Love this and looking forward to seeing it done. I'm going to check out the tag swap in just a sec. HPPF!

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    1. Thanks Kim. I hope you sign up - I had a lot of fun last year x

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  6. Great word of the year...and wonderful work this week!
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  7. love this work in progress - are you planning a whole series of that gorgeous little tiger tamer?
    I would like to say that I am a go with the flow sort of person but the truth is I do get annoyed when I get interrupted or my plans go awry - although I'm getting better at being more laid back (I think operating on Thurso time helps!)

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    1. I am not sure about a series (I suppose two is technically a series though?), but she is certainly popping up in my thoughts lately so we will see.

      When I lived in Scotland, I always thought they operated on a different time zone that every where else. After so many years on Raasay time, Australian time was a real shock!!

      I have loved your 29 faces drawing, such a huge (+ inspired) challenge to choose portraits of dogs! Love it!

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  8. love your painting already... with three young ones you do have your hands full. Good for you to have stopped to release and enjoy the moment with your little one.Are you by chance taking the online course "52 Weeks of Creative Abundance'? Last month was all about "release". I'm trying to be more aware of my actions when I'm interrupted and learning that to just go with it actually makes things go much more smoothly. Happy PPF!

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    1. Thank you so much. I honestly thought I would never get into my studio with three kids, so every moment is a blessing! I hadn't heard about the '52 weeks' course, but I will check it out.

      I am trying to be more aware of my emotions + actions too, I am really conscious now of how they affect others around me!

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  9. Love your WIP. I'm afraid I do get a bit discombobulated and out of sorts when my plans go awry. I'm trying to learn to be more flexible.

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    1. Thank you Faye.

      I have to tell you that discombobulated is one of my most favouritist of words. It was on one of those word of the day calendars + I had never heard it before, then one day I was watching a NFL match (in Australia) and the commentator said 'All the players are looking discombobulated down there, and I was so excited to hear it! (Sorry for the ramble - I really just love that word!!) x

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  10. Your painting is wonderful. I can't believe you have much more to work on it - it is quite beautiful. I love how you went back to your word to gather yourself and get through some frustration. Just picking a word is one thing, but to actually use it is another. Great.

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    1. Thanks Marji,

      Last year I didn't really use my word last year, but I am determined to use it this year x

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  11. What you've done is amazing!! Can't wait until it's finished!! Normally I don't get cranky by nature...so I'd say I probably go with the flow and always have done!! I do at times get annoyed but quickly brush it off. Mind you I have never had three kids...which is a lot of work. I would probably feel tired and cranky with young ones under foot. No point in wasting the energy being crabby.... I think you did exactly what you needed to do at the moment!! Kids grow up so fast.... the painting will always be there for you!! Scheduling time for self is something I regret doing when I was young...so try to do that one thing for yourself. Maybe when hubby is home to take the pressure off you!

    Hugs Giggles

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  12. Ahh, the joys of parenting!! I always remind myself to embrace it and go with the flow. These young years are over too soon!! Your paintings are always beautiful

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    1. Thank you so much!
      The years do fly by don't they! My eldest is going to school next year, next thing she will be moving out!

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  13. Depends on the plans and on the time of the day!!! Your work is awesome so far!!! Have a great weekend!!!

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    1. Thanks Efi - I hope your weekend was awesome too x

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  14. Gorgeous WIP, so wonderful! Good for you going with the flow... <3

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  15. This was the perfect post for me to read today. So often I feel "put out" when my daughter interrupts my painting time. Great reminder to stop and be with what is. It all passes way to soon!

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    1. I am glad it spoke to you, it was certainly an eye opener for me. Too often I just react - I am slowly learning to adjust! You are so right though, it all passes so quickly!

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  16. You're a good mom, Kirstin! I remember how hard it was when my kids were younger... trying to stay attentive to their needs and still tend to my own creative impulses. I think you're probably much more balanced than I was!

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  17. Annoyed at first, but going with the flow Always and Ever brings it's own rewards I have found. . . so the annoyed never lasts long. Blessings, Janet PPF

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